The Hyundai Tucson has caused a bit of a shake-up in the monthly new car sales charts, grabbing second spot outright and outgunning all medium SUV rivals.

    This is the highest ladder result the Hyundai mid-size SUV has achieved.

    The company delivered 2840 Tucsons during the month, up 89.8 per cent on June 2021, and it accounted for 18 per cent of the Medium SUV segment in VFACTS (car sales data) reporting.

    So it was a far cry for the top-selling Toyota HiLux (7582 sales, its best result ever), but it still outsold the likes of the Ford Ranger (2802 sales) and Toyota Corolla (2605 sales).

    The Tucson also managed to outgun the typically dominant but supply-constrained Toyota RAV4 (2586 sales, up 3.4 per cent) to take top spot in the medium SUV segment in June.

    As we’ve reported numerous times in the past, the RAV4 is severely supply stricken as Toyota has been cutting production at many of its plants due to COVID and parts shortages.

    Current wait times for the popular RAV4 Hybrid is around 18 months locally due to such high demand and short supply.

    In addition to the Hyundai Tucson, there was also a changing of guard within the five top-selling medium SUVs for the month with vehicles such as the MG HS and Kia Sportage selling in greater numbers than the Mazda CX-5 and Mitsubishi Outlander.

    The MG HS also nabbed its first ever top 10 finish, and for the first time the automaker’s biggest and most expensive car was also its most popular. In other words it outsold the MG ZS (1402 sales), as well as the MG 3 (1206 sales).

    The following is the five top-selling medium SUVs for June 2022:

    • Hyundai Tucson (2840 sales, up 89.8 per cent on June 2021)
    • Toyota RAV4 (2586 sales, up 3.4 per cent on June 2021)
    • Kia Sportage (2044 sales, up 136.8 per cent on June 2021)
    • MG HS (1795 sales, up 79.0 per cent on June 2021)
    • Mitsubishi Outlander (1714 sales, up 52.8 per cent on June 2021)

    MORE: VFACTS: June 2022 car sales figures

    To the end of June 2022, Hyundai has sold a total of 7355 Tucson models.

    This last month of high sales has allowed the Tucson leapfrog the Subaru Forester to take fifth spot in the top-selling medium SUVs in terms of year-to-date figures.

    The 2022 Hyundai Tucson is currently priced from $34,900 before on-road costs for the aptly-named Tucson with the 2.0-litre naturally-aspirated petrol engine, and extends up to $53,400 before on-road costs for the Highlander N Line with the 2.0-litre turbo-diesel.

    As we recently reported, asking prices for the Tucson N Line are going up by $500 from August 1 as part of a wider range price increase.

    Hyundai says it “has been experiencing an unprecedented rise in raw material costs globally, combined with significant inflationary pressure across the total supply chain, which we can no longer absorb in full”.

    “N and N Line variants across our range have been impacted by increasing cost of supply, the specialised nature of this product, and exchange rate pressures within the global market,” the brand said in a statement.

    MORE: Everything Hyundai Tucson

    Jack Quick

    Jack Quick is an automotive journalist based in Melbourne. Jack studied journalism and photography at Deakin University in Burwood, and previously represented the university in dance nationally. In his spare time, he loves to pump Charli XCX and play a bit of Grand Theft Auto. He’s also the proud owner of a blue, manual 2020 Suzuki Jimny.

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